today my closie, christie, is sharing with us.
you can learn everything you need to know about christie here.
i am so excited about what she is sharing today.
and there is a giveaway at the end!
It's almost that time of year again.
Time for the quietness of fall to burst into the excitement and busyness of the Christmas season.
It seems like every year the Holiday season kicks off earlier and earlier.
In fact, Target has been celebrating Christmas since early October.
I, on the other hand, prefer to enjoy my holidays as they come.
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in that order.
But while I may be refusing to play Christmas music on Pandora or bring out the 'ol garland and velvet bunting, I am already starting to think about my plans for holiday gift giving.
I love gift giving.
Few things delight me more than to plan and scheme and dream up the perfect gifts for people.
I like to buy things people want.
Things maybe no one else would think of to give them.
And a lot of times my gifts tend to be practical or every day items.
Because what could be more delightful than a gift you use every day?
Several people on my gift giving list this year are teachers and other various school staff.
And sometimes ideas for these gifts can be hard to come up with.
Being a teacher myself for eight years, I've gotten my fair share of holiday gifts.
Some of been good, some have been bad, and some have been downright weird.
But the ones that have meant the most to me are the ones that I could tell were given
in true appreciation and love.
My students know me.
They know I love sandwiches and coffee.
They know I love colorful pens and fresh pads of lined paper.
They know my son has my heart and travel takes a close second.
And the dearest gifts to me have been those that reflect the fact that they've taken the time to think about me.
These gifts may not have been expensive.
These gifts may not have been lavishly wrapped.
But they always, always left me with a smile on my face and a warmth in my heart.
So what about your children's teachers?
What are their interests? Their likes?
Do they seem to have a favorite drink? food? or destination?
Think about them, over the next few weeks.
Take the time to get them something special.
Five dollars, ten dollars, the cost doesn't matter.
The true value is in showing your appreciation to someone who loves and cares for your child every single day without fail.
Find some pretty bits to wrap it up.
A piece of twine and a tiny ornament will do.
I promise you it will brighten the day of your child's teacher.
She will surely be joyful and thankful to you.
Unsure of what to get your child's teacher?
Here are a few ideas of some of my favorite teacher gifts to give and receive around the holidays!
A cheery bouquet of pencils. Because few things are more delightful to a teacher than having her own supply of pencils that aren't touched by sticky little hands.
Colorful office supplies in her favorite shades. Paper work is always more fun when it is completed using festive paper clips and tape.
Pretty little notecards. Because not all notes sent home from the teacher are bad ones.
Fun stamps and a new stamp pad. Half the fun of grading tests is putting a pretty stamp on them!
What teacher doesn't love coffee? These little Vias are perfect for making a hot cup before a cold morning recess duty. A homemade coffee cuff will keep their morning joe warm while protecting their hands from the heat.
Not into coffee? Pick up a special blend of tea from a local specialty store or online from those shops that aren't available in your hometown. It will make it a special treat each time they make a cuppa.
Tasty treats from any local bakery or candy shop are always a sweet and thoughtful treat. I'm not a big fan of candy, but I love when my students support local businesses in buying me a gift.
So what about you?
What are some of your favorite go-to gifts to give to teachers or other school staff?
Share in your comments what you like to joyfully give, and this sweet little bundle could be yours.
An alphabet stamp set.
A $10 Starbucks gift card.
And a homemade coffee cuff.
Feel free to keep the gifts for yourself!
Or use them to spread the joy and love of this Christmas season to a teacher who is near and dear to you.
thank you, christie!
i can't wait to put these ideas to good use when my children are in school.
if you're like me and don't have school-aged children or any children for that matter, PLEASE still enter the giveaway! just leave a comment saying your favorite go-to gift for your neighbors, bosses, hairdressers, etc!
i will announce the winner monday morning so check back!